I created a module for searching values from external databases. My controller creates a form and send it to the custom twig page of my module.

The controller method that creates the form and send the data to the twig template looks like:

 public function customSearchPage($query, $results)
         $searchForm = \Drupal::formBuilder()->getForm('Drupal\movies\Form\SearchForm');

        $searchForm['searchQuery']['#value'] = $query;

        return [ 
            '#theme' => 'insert_movie_page',
            '#form' => $searchForm,
            '#query' => $query,
            '#results' => $results,

Now I created a Form using the Drupal 8 Form API. The submitForm method will send the inserted data to a compute class and gets a resultset back (array with multiple model objects). Now I need to send the resultset back to the twig template to show the results to the users. How can I achieve this behaviour?

SubmitForm method looks like:

 public function submitForm(array &$form, FormStateInterface $form_state) {

      $search = $form_state->getValue('searchQuery');

      $SearchController = new SearchController;
      $results = $SearchController->searchMovies($search);

1 Answer 1


In submit you have two choices.


public function submitForm(array &$form, FormStateInterface $form_state) {


The form and the twig template the form is wrapped in will be rebuilt and you can display the result.

This is a great question from @AdrianCidAlmaguer to demonstrate how this works with a basic example how to display the sum of two numbers: How to show a string once you submit a form in a page reloading the page?


public function submitForm(array &$form, FormStateInterface $form_state) {

  $form_state->setRedirect($route_name, $route_parameters, $options);

You redirect to a new page and can display the result there.

  • How to send the array with objects using the redirect way? I don't want to markup the result already in the form because of the complexity and is better to place that in twig.
    – JimmyD
    Jan 8, 2017 at 16:12
  • 1
    For simple cases you can add query parameters to the route. For complex cases you use most times a session. - But for anonymous users the rebuild is far more efficient and this is probably the better approach, because drupal has a temp store for the form data and you can build very complex things by just rebuilding a form again and again.
    – 4uk4
    Jan 8, 2017 at 16:18
  • The page is only visible for authenticated users. So I can use session vars for this. Tnx
    – JimmyD
    Jan 8, 2017 at 16:30

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